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13 June 2024, 14:31

BRICS Games kick off in Russia’s Kazan
MINSK, 13 June (BelTA) – The BRICS Games 2024 kicked off with an opening ceremony at Kazan Expo on 12 June, BelTA has learned.

Weightlifter Darya Naumava was selected a flag-bearer for Team Belarus at the opening ceremony of the international multi-sport forum.

In a video message Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the games open.

“I am confident that this large-scale sport festival will demonstrate the triumph of universal values of sport, equal opportunities and fair competition. I wish athletes and coaches successful performance and convincing victories, and also unforgettable impressions to spectators and fans.”

The capital of Tatarstan has gathered about 5000 athletes from 93 countries to compete in about 400 medal events. The program of the Games includes 27 sports: rowing, acrobatic rock 'n' roll, badminton, boxing, belt wrestling, breakdancing, canoe sprint, judo, karate, equestrian sport, koresh belt wrestling, athletics, table tennis, swimming, diving, sambo, artistic swimming, wrestling, artistic gymnastics, tennis, weightlifting, wushu, fencing, fijital football, fijital basketball, chess and rhythmic gymnastics.

The Belarusian sport delegation comprises about 400 athletes, with the most numerous teams in athletics (81 athletes), canoe sprint (34) and rowing (30). Belarusians will not compete only in the acrobatic rock 'n' roll tournament.

Competing for medals in Kazan will be track and field athletes Elvira Hrabarenka, Iryna Zhuk, Tatsiana Khaladovich, Matvei Volkov, canoe sprinters Maryna Litvinchuk, Volha Khudzenka and Alena Nazdrova, 2024 Artistic Gymnastics World Cup medalists Yahor Sharamkou and Alena Tsitavets, world sambo medalists Daniela Zhdan, Anzhela Zhylinskaya and Anfisa Kapayeva, 2024 World Aquatics Championships medalist Vasilina Khandoshka, winners of the 2nd CIS Games in women’s wrestling Aryna Martynava, Alesia Hetmanava and Hanna Maslakova, many-time European rowing champion Alena Furman and many others.

The international multi-sport forum will be over on 23 June.
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